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Taming Rowan

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"A keeper! A winner! A deliciously sexy romance! Suzanne Barrett's debut novel Taming Rowan is why we read romance! Keep your eye on this author, she's going places!" -- Gloria Miller, The Literary Times

"Ms. Barrett weaves old English countrysides into a most modern love story.... Tension and the love scenes just make this one EXCELLENT read." 4 Bells -- Donita Lawrence, Bell, Book, and Candle

"Suzanne Barrett creates complex characters in this romance with humorous dialogue and intense scenes." -- Shannon Short, Romantic Times

"Suzanne Barrett's writing style generates enough heat and sexual tension to set the pages on fire. ... an excellent book for the keeper shelf." -- Olivia Holton, Bookbug On The Web

Karin Williams is sent to England to work on a construction project because she's the best engineer and the only one with telemetry expertise. She is forewarned that Rowan Marsden, the project leader, has an unfavorable attitude towards women engineers and that he has been known to be especially difficult to work with. When Karin answers her page at the airport, sparks fly and not only because Rowan tells her that he forbids women at the site and therefore she will be on the next flight out! Karin insists that she can and will do the job. Rowan scrutinizes everything she does but can't find fault with anything and eventually he acknowledges that she is right for the job. And while the job is progressing along nicely, the sexual tension between Karin and Rowan is so thick you can cut it with a knife! A touch here, a lingering gaze there and neither one of them can stand the heat. Giving into their lust only heightens their awareness and need but Rowan has made it perfectly clear that he will not make a commitment which is exactly what career minded Karin realizes she wants. A coworker is sent to work with Karin and she gives him some responsibilities though she is wary of his competence. A horrible accident happens that lands Karin in the hospital and while she recuperates at the Marsden's estate, she has made her decision about Rowan, and he has made one too, but is it the same one? Suzanne Barrett has honed her craft and it shows in her debut novel! Her characters are well defined and the plot pulls you into the story. Though the plot is not complicated, it's like a David and Goliath story and you root for the underdog, and Karin doesn't let you down. A keeper! A winner! Suzanne Barrett's debut novel Taming Rowan is why we read romance! A sizzling debut novel by Suzanne Barrett! Keep your eyes on this author, she's going places! Taming Rowan by newcomer Suzanne Barrett is terrific! She has written a deliciously sexy romance and after reading this book you'll want more from this talented new author! Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1999 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Suzanne Barrett combines her love for writing with her love for creating artisan jewelry. A former facility engineer and Kensington author, Suzanne believes in sharing stories of romance and adventure spiced with a bit of mystery and intrigue. Favorite settings are England, Ireland and her own Northern California. Married, with grown children, Suzanne and her husband live in the Santa Cruz Mountains where they share their acreage with an elderly cat, several chickens and an assortment of wildlife that includes a trio of wild turkeys. Suzanne is an avid gardener with a penchant for digging in the dirt. She loves to cook and read, and she’s a certified water fitness instructor and teaches at area swimming pools and gyms. When she’s not devouring British mysteries, most evenings find Suzanne at her computer or jewelry bench, a cup of Earl Grey within easy reach, a sleeping cat at her feet, doing what she loves best—creating stories of warmth and passion and designing pendants, earrings and bracelets. Her motto is "Don't wait for something; make it happen."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781935817925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935817925
  • ASIN: 1935817922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,572,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a story with wonderful characters, a good plot, and fine writing. Once again Ms. Barnett has written a superbly crafted, entertaining story.

Karin is a skilled engineer who has established herself in a man's career. She doesn't use her feminine attributes to get ahead and only asks for respect for her competent work the same as any other professional engineer.

Rowan Marsden is an arrogant, stubborn chauvinist. He is a wounded man whose past experience with betrayal by a beautiful woman has set him against women in general. And for sure he doesn't need a female on his remote, barren work site. He is prepared to put her on the next plane out until his boss overrides that plan.

Karen has been busy with her career and has not spent time dating, especially considering she hadn't been drawn to any male. Now she is drawn to a man who may be sensually compelling but who has little softness for women. Needless to say the sparks and antagonism fly between these two as their sizzling attraction smolders beneath their best intentions to remain aloof and apart. There is plenty of tug of war and dancing on the edges before they finally succumb to the chemistry. The problem remains that Karin is ready for a serious relationship and Rowan is only interested in a hot, limited affair.

There is good detail in the scenery and the project work site which I found interesting and gave good plot support. The project crew are a warm group and the protagonists' parents are unique characters as well.

The author's writing style is clean, emotional and engaging. There is plenty of conflict and sexual tension, then engagement with fairly explicit scenes although in no way vulgar. Ms. Barrett provides a rich, strong romance to please any true contemporary romance fan.
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Format: Paperback
Karin knew the project officer on her next assignment was male and didn't like women, but she figured she can handle the old crotchety fellow anyway. What she didn't anticipate was that he would be a handsome hunk of a young man and that he would still feel that way.

This author has created a fun premise for her story. She takes an attractive young woman who does a traditionally male job and puts her on-site for said job in an isolated area. Not only must Karin prove her worth as an engineer, she has to deal with the scorn of her boss and the fact that she must share quarters with him due to limited housing. With all this conflict in a cramped travel trailer and a small office, you can all but feel the smoldering fire burst into flame.

Rowan loved once and got burned. He doesn't care if Karin looks like a goddess, he's not interested. And she looks too much like his ex-wife anyway. Ms. Barrett makes him a brash, belligerent character that has a heart there somewhere, but he's not using it. She makes Karin pretty, intelligent, and independent and the two characters clash quite often throughout the story. Rowan is drawn to her and doesn't want to be and Karin doesn't always do what she's told like a good girl. I could easily relate to Karin. Being independent myself, I found it easy to empathize with her position in life.

Watching these two do battle with each other is the most amusing part of the story. There is explicit sex in the story, but it fits. It's part of Rowan trying to come to terms with his feelings for Karin. Even the story of their engineering feat is good reading. The smaller characters are all interesting, too. This author has created a "family" of engineers. Having the story set in England is an additional bonus.
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In her exhilarating debut novel, "Taming Rowan," Suzanne Barrett proves that she has all the qualities great romance writers are made of. She mixes just the right amount of intrigue and sensuality to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Barrett has written a refreshing, enjoyable romance and after reading this book, you'll find yourself wanting more from this talented new author!
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Taming Rowan is a romance book but it was really well researched regarding structural engineering and telemetry. Ok I admit I haven't a clue what that means but being that my real life job is project management, I can tell you that the details and business formulas used in the book closely relate to real life. It is always a pleasure to read stories where the reader feels confident that the writer researched their information.

Karin is an engineer and in a primarily male dominated field and I was impressed. She seemed to be a mathematical genius and understood team dynamics. Unfortunately with Karin using the left side of her brain so much for logic and details her right side seemed to be severely lacking. Clearly Karin was extremely immature in a social dating situation and I feel Rowan took advantage of her weakness.

Karin after all these years was still a virgin. Lots of women get so focused on school and their profession that they miss out on the dating part of living. But after having sex with Rowan only a second time, she was already demanding marriage and couldn't figure out what the holdup would be.

Rowan was a male character that I disliked immensely and after reading the entire book, my view never changed. Starting right off with his male chauvinistic views on working with women right down to the head games and mixed messages he kept sending off to Karin. Every time Rowan would talk down to Karin (which is pretty much every single conversation) the result would be Karin thinking comments like "if he thinks he can play games with me, he can think again" or "I can play the game his way, if I had to" but then she does nothing to follow through.
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